They have all kinds of apples that come into season one after the other. Since we were apple-picking on the early side of the season, we got to pick some Paula Reds.
We got to the Paula Red section of the orchard and yep! Gorgeous ripe apples as far as the eye could see.
I wisely brought an apple picker with me who not only could reach the tall ones, but was willing to carry the peck-sized bag.
Which is a good thing to have, because a peck is a whole lotta apples. Which is also good, because we needed some for eating the regular way, along with having enough for our applesauce!
So once we got home with our peck of apples, it was time for the applesauce-making. Now, the single hardest part of making applesauce is the peeling and coring of the apples. I know, I know, there are those apple-peeling gizmos that you can get that will peel them for you, but in my kitchen it was just me and my paring knife and my Dinner Party Playlist on the Iphone to keep me company. I got into a nice rhythm…quarter the apple, pare out the core, pare off the skin, drop it in a bowl of water. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. Repeat.
Once you have your apples all peeled and quartered, drop them into a dutch oven with a cup of apple juice or cider, 1/2 cup of sugar, the juice of one lemon and a cinnamon stick. Stir all that around and bring it to a boil. Now lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer it for about 30 minutes until the apples are soft and falling apart.
At this point you can either just stir your applesauce vigorously with a wooden spoon (if you like it pretty chunky) or you can mash it with a potato masher (if you like it a little smoother). Let it cool in the pot, and try the first dish while it is still a little warm. You’ll be so happy!
Now sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar. You’ll be even happier!
Your applesauce will last a week or so in the fridge…that is, if it doesn’t get all eaten up in the first hour or so after you make it. Homemade applesauce is just THAT good. Give it a try – it’s apple season!